Canada stands with France says PM Justin Trudeau as Canadians mourn the loss of innocent lives in Paris

Paris reeled Friday night from a shooting rampage, explosions and mass hostage-taking that President François Hollande called an unprecedented terrorist attack on France. Hollande declared a state of emergency and announced that he was closing the country’s borders.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “I am shocked and saddened that so many people have been killed and injured in violent attacks in Paris. Canada stands with France.”

The CN Tower in Toronto was lit up in red, white and blue to express solidarity with Paris.

Across the world, landmarks light up to express solidarity with the people of France.

The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement concerning a series of attacks and a hostage taking in Paris, France:

“I am dismayed at the tragic events that took place in Paris, including the series of heinous attacks and the hostage situation.

“I join Prime Minister Trudeau and all Canadians in expressing my deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims and my wish for a speedy recovery to the injured.

“Canada and France will remain united in the fight against terror. Canada offers France its full support during these difficult times.”

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa and the Embassy of Canada in Paris are endeavouring to determine if Canadian citizens have been affected.

Canadian citizens in Paris requiring emergency consular assistance should contact the Embassy of Canada in Paris at +33 (0)1 44 43 29 02 or call the 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre collect at +1 613 996 8885. An email can also be sent to sos@international.gc.ca.

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